Graduate Student Orientation

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Welcome to Kent State University!

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is held prior to the start of fall and spring semesters and all new graduate students are encouraged to attend. 

GSO provides an opportunity to learn about university resources and network with other new graduate students, along with representatives of KSU's faculty, staff, and administration. GSO supplements department and program-level orientations to help you understand our university community as a whole.  GSO will feature a series of presentations from different resource areas across campus, campus tours, and breakout sessions facilitated by the GSO teaching fellows related to topics on teaching, research, and graduate student life. 

Fall 2017 GSO will be held on on Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23 in the Kent Student Center. Newly admitted graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend GSO and new teaching assistants are required to attend both days. The Tuesday program is encouraged for all new graduate students and the Wednesday program is specficially geared towards new teaching assistants or those who wish to learn more about college teaching.

If you have specific questions regarding GSO, please contact Kyle Reynolds at or 330-672-1466.

Registration for GSO will open on May 1.

Parking: Free parking during GSO is available in the “C- Campus Center” parking lot on Campus Center Dr., which is immediately before Summit St.  
Google Maps address to the parking lot:  1176 East Summit Street, Kent, Ohio, 44243 United States.   

We look forward to meeting you soon!

 GSO Handbook (PDF)  GSO Facebook